The vessel itself is a product of the Voss Forgeworld and was designed to fulfill a similar role as the Sword Class Frigate. It is an escort ship and as such is individually weak and therefore operates paired with three or four ships; sometimes up to six ships are grouped together in a single squadron.
The Falchion design began with a set of plans that were stolen by Chaos traitors from the Imperial shipyards at Monsk. While this design would appear in the Chaos Fleet as the Infidel-class raider, the Imperials' attempt to reconstruct the stolen plans would result in the Falchion class.[4a]
The pattern's operational successes have tended to be in a defensive, rather than offensive, role where it is used to clear ordnance threats to the more ponderous capital ships, however in a stand up fight it simply cannot compete with the damage potential of the much more widespread Sword Class Frigate that are found in most fleets.
Nevertheless, when guided by an able commander, the Falchion can be a surprisingly effective warship. During the Chaos invasion of Adumbria in 938.M41, a pair of Falchions were the only Imperial vessels on station when the Ravagers armada of a dozen or more vessels emerged from the Warp. Though unable to stop the Chaos forces landing their troops, both vessels were able to slip into the null-fire zone to the aft of the Chaos ships, destroying two with torpedo volleys and a third with their weapons batteries, before the Chaos forces returned fire. Again, their superior speed and maneuverability allowed the Falchions to disengage without taking significant damage.[4a][4b]
Notable Falchion Class Squadrons
- Dimensions: 2.2 km long, 0.3 km abeam at fins approx.
- Mass: 6.5 megatonnes approx.
- Crew: 27,000 crew; approx.
- Accel: 4.6 gravities max sustainable acceleration.
- 1: Battlefleet Gothic Armada, pg. 19
- 2: Rogue Trader: Battlefleet Koronus, pg. 26
- 3: Games Workshop (last accessed October 4, 2012)
- 4: The Traitor's Hand (Novel) - Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium (Omnibus) by Sandy Mitchell: